It started with an attack on a research station near the frontier region, the furthest portion of the Outer Sphere of Unified space. Then, one by one, subsequent border systems began to fall victim to the unknown attackers. Months went by before anyone in the Unified Collaboration of Systems realized what was happening. By then, it was too late.
The Kafaran had arrived.
The fighting between the two factions raged on for nearly five years. Hundreds of thousands perished, and millions of innocent beings lost their homes. Then, nearly as quickly as the war had started, the Kafaran’s inexplicably retreated to an unexplored region of space. Even with their once expansive foothold in the Milky Way now lying in ruins, it seemed to the once peaceful UCS that victory was finally theirs. Now, it was time to rebuild.
With the Galactic War now five years in the past, former fighter pilot Shawn Kestrel wasn’t nearly as content in his peacetime life as he could have been. Not only was his fledgling cargo business steadily losing customers, his lone interstellar transport was fatally incapacitated, the victim of a now all-too-common pirate attack.
Without warning, the prudish daughter of his former commanding officer appears, informing Shawn that William has mysteriously disappeared—apparently the victim of foul play. And, as if things weren’t difficult enough, a Unified Sector Command carrier quickly arrives to assert the Unified government’s own self-guided interests into the disappearance.
As Shawn endeavors to put all the pieces together, one thing becomes terrifyingly clear: the Kafarans are no longer idle.
With the government suspiciously pressing down on him from one side, and the beautiful and enigmatic daughter driving him on from the other, Shawn Kestrel must search deep within himself to decide where his past and present loyalties lie before the universe once again erupts into all-out war.
Ranked #2 on Amazon.com in the category of Science Fiction – Space Opera, 2013.
“Mr. Fender has created an interesting universe with characters that are likeable and fun to root for.”
“A well crafted storyline with a strong character build-up that bodes well for the other segments of the series. I can’t wait for the next installment of this series.”
“Mr. Fender has a certain talent for writing dialogue and does well with long, descriptive passages of internal monologue, personal mannerisms and develops the technologies of his universe well. If anything, I’d complain that the book was so brief – I wanted to spend some more time with Shawn Kestrel as he grumbles at dangerous mercenaries who hold all the cards over him.”
“In this first installment of the Kestrel Saga, the author masterfully sets the stage for a man (Kestrel) unwittingly getting thrown in the middle of a mystery of galactic proportions. The story is laced with intricate, interwoven back stories of Kestrel and his associates. The author is exceptional in bringing this compelling story to light with crisp descriptions, a command of technical concepts, and understanding of how to paint a picture of a complex universe. I am eagerly awaiting the second installment of this compelling, rip-roaring adventure.”
Release date: June 15th, 2013
Publisher: JRP (Jolly Rogers Productions)